David Hernick

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I saw a report of cold tolerance down to 18 f.  I am not too sure
3 weeks ago
I have some good looking mountain papaya (carica pubescens) seedlings here in Oakland, CA and that I would like to make available to anyone interested in picking them up.  I have about twelve in 4 inch pots.  They took a while to germinate however I ended up with more plants than I needed
The fruit is not as sweet as a tropical papaya however the plant is very pretty cold hardy below freezing.  I am excited to use it as more of a vegetable and with meat for tenderizing.  It is listed on the slow food arc of taste.
Direct message me if you are interested in some nice mountain papaya plants.
3 weeks ago
Interesting question!   I was turned on to stirfrying lettuce by a family friend & I am sure it would taste great with Miner's lettuce.  Miner's lettuce can be a bit astringent at times and stir-frying should mellow it out.  People in the US  like crunchy foods so that is why I am guessing this practice is not super common.
3 months ago
Add it to a smoothie!  it is very healthy and a great binder.  
4 months ago
Nuts like Hazelnuts and Chestnuts are a part of the permaculture business model for some farms.  Rotation of different animals can reduce pests and certain work.  If you followed bison with chickens or turkeys they could break up manure for example.  Perrenial grains are not very available however the land institute has had some success with their kernza and there is perrenial rye grain (Secale montanum).  good luck!
6 months ago
I have just been thinking about this after unclogging a drain.  I would try using peroxide full strength off the shelf.  This should break up the biofilms & weaken the hair. It will produce bubbles that help break up the junk.  After that baking soda and vinegar- hot water might be able to finish the job
1 year ago
Water pumping windmills can be expensive however have been widely used in No electricity remote country.  Since they only pump when there is wind storage is important
1 year ago
I once had muscovies and found a couple of hidden nests with a full clutch of eggs in them.  I set up in a part of town with a lot of foot traffic and sold them for $0.50 each, or $5 a dozen, now this was years ago in Olympia.  I did not have too many after that.  I am guessing you will find people interested in duck eggs by the time you have too many and between eating like a king and sharing you will not have too many.  Enjoy your ducks, they are great
1 year ago
Hi Andrew,  I am sure you can have success with peppers like like cayenne and a small sweet pepper variety.  There are a lot of sweet snacking pepper varieties now that are very productive. In the past, I grew Hungarian wax peppers, Not the hot ones.  If you want to try something interesting Rocoto or Manzano (Capsicum pubescens)might overwinter well in your area, they like cool weather, so they would do well in a protected spot.
I have been thinking about a lot of these concepts as well.  I have been reading Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson, and what I will reference is that the book provides a lot of evidence of the management of land by indigenous/native Californians creating an environment with open views, such that early western accounts of California describe it as being very "Park-like".  I have had goats and they help with clearing but they do not remove brush and you need to clear areas for fencing, even electric fencing.  I am hoping to get approval through the city of Oakland, adopt a spot, to do some removal of scotch broom and clearing of brush into hugel like mounds in a nearby park that had burnt 3 times in the mid 1900s.  Thornless noples (prickly pear) and some agaves are all I think will stick before the buried wood mounds are ready to plant.  Live oaks and chaparral plants are tolerant of some fire or fire adapted.  The book talks about the native Californian managed fires as being slow moving and close to the ground with isolated more intense fire, which served a very positive purpose.  Imagining keeping a landscape in a way where a fire would behave this way is a more positive vision to work toward which I think is helpful
1 year ago